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John J. Ryan, Sr.

John J. Ryan, Sr.

June 6, 1930 - November 24, 2017     Age: 87

John Ryan, age 87, left this earthly life on November 24, 2017 at Community Hospice Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach.

He leaves behind wife of 11 yrs, Elizabeth Worley Ryan; his sons Richard Ryan and John Ryan, Jr; his daughter Annette (Ryan) Iwach, her husband Alex, and granddaughter Elizabeth Ann.; his brother James Ryan; his step son Charlie (Spring) Chaltos; his brothers and sisters in law; Rebecca (Tom) Raymond, Bob (Jean) Worley, and Amanda (Dale) Evans and many close friends.  He is preceded in death by his wife of 53 yrs, Charlotte Ann (Pfeifer) Ryan; and his parents James and Anna Ryan.

Born and raised in Rockaway, New Jersey, John joined the Air Force after graduating high school.  Although he was given a promissory letter to go computer school, they put him in airplane mechanics school as they ramped up for the Korean War.  This ended up serving him well in his 40 year career at Vought Aircraft (later LTV Aerospace) in Dallas, Texas, where he retired as President of the Commercial Division.

Throughout his aerospace career, his love of music was never put aside.  During his time as Sheppard Air Force base in Wichita Falls, Texas, he played in both a big band and their small combo dance band around north Texas.  After moving to Michigan to build the Lance, he was a member of and frequently performed at Village Players in Birmingham, in such rolls as; Sky Masterson in “Guys and Dolls and Judd in “Oklahoma”.

John was also an avid golfer and was a member of Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan and Las Colinas Country Club in Texas.  He loved to travel the country playing many famous golf clubs like Hilton Head and Pebble Beach.  He also knew who designed most of the courses.  Now that’s avid.

Services for Mr. Ryan will be held Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3:00 PM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley Heard Funeral Directors.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate John’s life.  The family will receive friends at 2:00 pm.

His family would like to suggest donations to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

5 Condolences

  • Bud Hansen Posted November 28, 2017 4:28 pm

    John and I worked together at LTV and played golf together after retiring. He was a great gentleman and friend. I will really miss him. A donation has been sent to the American Cancer Society in John’s name.

  • Duyane Franklin Posted November 29, 2017 2:08 pm

    John was an outstanding person and a great leader at Vought. He was a very supportive and genuine man, and I consider him a True Friend. My condolences to the family.

  • Larry Cherry Posted November 29, 2017 7:34 pm

    WE worked,played,traveled and socialized together.John was great in all areas.At the end of many of our gatherings John would lead us in singing the ” Mickey Mouse Song” Great memories!

    Larry and Gerry Cherry

  • Suzie Posted December 3, 2017 10:33 am

    I will always remember “Mr. Ryan” who I worked for in the good old days of LTV Michigan.
    Back in the day – Mr. Ryan was Deputy Program Director and Marvin Pederson was
    Director of LANCE. As i reminisce who could forget SUNNYBROOK BOWLING ALLEY. All great memories of John Ryan and his family.

  • Patricia Mishko Posted December 4, 2017 9:47 am

    I worked for Mr. Ryan as his assistant when he was VP Operations and General Manager. He was one of my favorite bosses. I always remember. His tradition of doing his Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve. In fact, he bought a baby grand piano for Mrs. Ryan one year and it was delivered on Christmas Day. I also remember him having one tan hand and one white hand because of the glove he wore playing golf. I use to kid him that he looked like he had a hand transplant. He was a gentleman and a wonderful boss.

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